Business as usual in lockdown but farmers 'desperate for rain'

The lack of rain is causing more of an issue on the farm than the COVID-19 lockdown says a Manawatu farmer.

Agriculture has been classified as an essential service during lockdown, and can operate under strict health and safety rules.

Beef and dairy farmer Grant Webb told Rural Exchange it was generally business as usual on the farm, with protocols in place to keep everyone safe.

However he said it was the lack of rain which was causing concern after a tough summer.

"Everyone's a little bit desperate for rain to get some grass growth heading into winter," said Webb.

Watch the video to see Grant Webb's interview.

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